Blackstone / Papulankutja

Blackstone, or Papulankutja, is situated between the Western and Great Victorian Deserts in Western Australia.  It is north of the Blackstone Ranges, 200km from Warburton or 800km from Alice Springs via Uluru. The area around Blackstone contains some of the most significant sacred sites in the region.  Its residents are both Ngaanyatjarra and Pitjantjatjara people. In the 1950s, Southwestern Mining had their headquarters and camp at Tollu, just south of the Blackstone Range. When the mining camp was abandoned, Yarnangu transported the remaining camp materials to the bore at Blackstone and began a new community. The community became incorporated in 1976 and a member of the Ngaanyatjarra Council in 1981.

Blackstone has a community health centre, a Ngaanyatjarra Lands school, an indoor swimming pool, community hall, multi function police facility, community store, and the Papulankutja Artists art centre.  The community also owns the Tjukayirla Roadhouse, on the Great Central Road between Warburton and Laverton.